Name the Royals’ All-Stars.
That is, identify those players on the current 25-man roster who have been selected for least one All-Star Game.
The total might be more than you think, even with the Royals loading up All-Star teams in recent years. Remember, some of those players, like relievers Greg Holland and Wade Davis, have on moved on and are All-Stars for other clubs.
As for current Royals, start with this year’s participants, catcher Salvador Perez and pitcher Jason Vargas — and if he gets voted in among the final five, third baseman Mike Moustakas. Perez has made it five times, and Vargas is a first-time All-Star. Moustakas was on the 2015 team.
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Last year, first baseman Eric Hosmer was the game’s MVP, and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, shortstop Alcides Escobar and reliever Kelvin Herrera were selected from the 2014-15 championship years. That’s eight.
Reliever Joakim Soria, from the pre-glory Royals years, was a two-time All-Star.
Three others made an All-Star team with other clubs: pitchers Neftali Feliz (Texas) and Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs) and designated hitter Brandon Moss (Oakland).
Add it up and 12 current Royals players have been All-Stars. That doesn’t count manager Ned Yost or the coaching staff and trainers who populated the American League team after the Royals’ pennant-winning seasons.
C Salvador Perez
1B Eric Hosmer
SS Alcides Escobar
3B Mike Moustakas
OF Alex Gordon
OF Lorenzo Cain
P Kelvin Herrera
P Jason Vargas
P Joakim Soria
P Travis Wood
P Neftali Feliz
DH Brandon Moss